This list of articles cover information about the various materials we use in our creations. We hope you find them interesting and informative.
About Gold Filled - Gold-filled jewellery became popular in the early 20th century and increased in use throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Gold filled is a far better alternative to gold plated, due to its durability. Gold-filled wire is made by bonding a layer of 10-karat, 12-karat or 14-karat gold to a base of sterling silver or jeweller’s brass. […]
About Gold Plating - Gold plated jewellery findings, such as pendant bails and chains, were developed to be a cheaper version of items that would otherwise be solid gold. Gold plating is commonly just a thin layer of gold applied over a base metal, such as copper or silver. This layer is thinner than gold-filled items and thus gold […]
About Silver Plating - Silver plated jewellery findings, such as pendant bails and chains, were developed to be a cheaper version of items that would otherwise be solid silver. Silver plating is commonly just a thin layer of silver applied over a base metal, such as copper or brass. This layer is thinner than silver-filled items and thus silver […]
About Sterling Silver - Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. This blending of metals makes it harder and more durable, thus making it more suitable for making jewellery than softer Fine Silver. Please note that Sterling Silver can tarnish and will need cleaning.
Composition Of Some Alloys - This table shows the components of each metal, the boiling point and Specific Gravity. METALS AU AG CU ZN OTHER MELTING POINT SP.GRAV. Jeweller’s Brass 88 12 1030 C 1886 F 8.7 Copper 100 1083 1981 8.9 Gold (Fine) 100 1063 1945 19.3 22K yellow 92 4 4 977 1790 17.3 22K coinage 90 10 […]
False and Confusing Gemstone Names - Some of the names commonly used for gemstones can be confusing. For example, ‘Indian Jade’ is actually Aventurine, a form of quartz. The reference to ‘Jade’ is confusing and simply incorrect. There are many such names that are still in use and you need to be careful when purchasing stones that use common names without […]
What is Jefanite? - Jefanite™ is the trade name for a material that is created by Jeff through a special process he has developed. The exact process is a little complicated, but Jefanite™ material is basically made by using a high quality substrate that has had up to 50 layers of exotic materials crystallised onto the surface in a […]